Food4Future – FoodTech Innovation Awards 2023

Agricolus wins “The most innovative solutions on digitalization Award for the food and beverage industry”

Food 4 Future

Food4Future – Expo Foodtech this year was held in Bilbao, 16th to 18th May. Professionals, pioneers and revolutionaries gathered the venue with the aim of bringing together new ideas to advance the global transition towards efficient and sustainable food systems.

During the event, the Foodtech Innovation Awards were assigned: prizes for companies that are redefining the food industry with innovative and disruptive proposals.

Agricolus ranked first among the finalist companies. The prize was given by Tecnalia Research & Innovation during the award ceremony, on 17th May, at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Call for Ideas

Agricolus wins the call launched by E. Amaldi Foundation and Esa Space Solutions

Space innovation for agrifood-tech from space to the supply chain.

Satellite data represent an added value for the Agrifood-Tech sector that affects several actors along the supply chain: starting from the first mile, where remote crop scouting is a very useful tool for farmers.

Agricolus has been selected as the winner and runner-up of the Call for Ideas “Space-Innovation for Agrifood-Tech: form Space to the Supply Chain”, launched by E. Amaldi Foundation, ESA Space Solution and ESA Business Application for Italy.

FoodTech Startup Forum 2021

Agricolus wins the first prize of the Startup Forum at the Food 4 Future event

Food 4 Future

Food 4 Future was held this year from 15 to 17 June in Bilbao. It is an important event to discover the latest innovations and trends that are driving the transformation of the food industry such as: 4.0 technologies, healthy eating, sustainable and efficient food production, and the fight against
climate change.
Food 4 Future has created the Expo FoodTech Startup Forum to find out startups whose solutions will impact the
food supply chain.

Among the 2000 startups in the sector, 200 applications were received and 20 companies were selected to present their pitch. Among them was Agricolus, which won the Startup Forum’s first prize with the opportunity to be part of an acceleration program.

Winning Agripreneur Team Award 2019

Agricolus wins the award for the best team at Global Agripreneurs Summit 2019

Global Agripreneurs Summit

The Global Agripreneurs Summit is an assembly of agrifood innovators and leaders from around the world – where farmers, agripreneurs, chefs, investors, organisations, policy makers, and other thought leaders work together to help bring life to game changing innovations, and propel agriculture as a sustainable source of growth and economic development.  Every year, the Summit travels to a new destination, from Colombia 2016, to South Africa 2017, to Turkey 2018, and this year in Greece 2019.

The Summit hosted the renowned FAC Global Championships: the Olympics of Agripreneurship showcasing cutting-edge solutions from around the world to award the Agripreneur of the Year.  It will be proceeded by targeted workshops and trainings. Agricolus received the wining agripreneur team award 2019.

ANGI National Award 2018

Agricolus awarded by the National Association of Young Innovators for AgTech category

ANGI National Award

The National Association of Young Innovators (ANGI) is the first national non-profit organization entirely dedicated to the world of innovation.

The mission of the Association is to present itself in Italy and worldwide as a reference point for innovation by developing it in all its forms, spreading the theme of culture, education, new technologies and developing synergies between private individuals, schools, universities, companies, trade associations and national and international institutions.

The award ceremony was held on Friday, 14th December2018, at the Chamber of Deputies’ Parliamentary Groups Hall.

Agricolus received the award for the AgTech category, one of the eleven categories awarded, for a total of twenty-two young companies: the awards were presented by top managers of important Italian and international corporations.

The ceremony was opened by the Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies Fabio Rampelli and continued with the speeches of the Undersecretary of Education Salvatore Giuliano, the Council Member of Rome Flavia Marzanoe, and members of the Intergroup for Innovation Antonio Palmieri and Federico Mollicone.

Gaetano Marzotto Prize 2018


Gaetano Marzotto Prize

Gaetano Marzotto Prize is one of the activities promoted by the Progetto Marzotto Association, founded in 2010.

The Award is inspired by Gaetano Marzotto, great entrepreneur of the 20th century who achieved to combine business and society, culture and territory.

The Award is in fact aimed at new entrepreneurs who have as their main objective to bring together innovation, business and society by opening a path oriented to open innovation and internationalization.

In the eighth edition of the Marzotto Prize there were 15 categories:

Enterprise Award, Amazon Launchpad Award, Accenture Special Award, Amazon Web Services Special Award, Capitol One|Copernico|Marzotto Venture Accelerator Special Award, Cisco Special Award, Fast Track Corporate Special Award, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica Special Award, EY Special Award, Invitalia Special Award, Italcementi | HeidelbergCement Group Special Award, Microsoft Special Award, Repower Special Award, UniCredit Start Lab Special Award.

Agricolus won the SPECIAL PRIZE CAPITOL ONE | COPERNICO | MARZOTTO VENTURE ACCELERATOR in the “Idea to Business Award” category: it consists of a 6-month acceleration programme, with facilities made available by Capitol One, Copernico and Marzotto Venture Accelerator.

Start To Be Circular 2017

Agricolus ranked third in the competition promoted by Fondazione Bracco

Start To Be Circular

“Start to Be Circular” is promoted by Fondazione BraccoFondazione Giuseppina Mai (Confindustria) and Banca Prossima.

This initiative has been created to promote a sustainable growth through innovative entrepreneurial idea dedicated to startup working in the circular economy.

The contest took place during StartupItalia! Open Summit, the most important event in Italy for startups and innovation. It was held in December at Palazzo del Ghiaccio, Milan.

Fondazione Bracco launched the “Start To Be Circular” call at the Startup Italia! Open Summit 2017 with the thematic workshop “Save this planet”, in order to analyze the economic impact of green companies on the market and to present the best Italian startups of “Start To Be Circular”.

Start To Be Circular is part of “ProgettoDiventerò”, a Fondazione Bracco’s initiative to support talented young people in their training and professional development, by promoting a stronger relationship between the academic world and jobs.

125 startups from 16 Italian regions applied for the competition.

Agricolus ranked third, winning an incubation year at Speed Mi Up, the incubator of Bocconi University, Milan Chamber of Commerce and Milan City Council. It includes training, tutoring and consulting services.

Startup Europe Awards 2017

Agricolus winner of the SEUA17 Italy final for Agritech category

Startup Europe Awards 2017

Startup Europe Awards 2017 is an international competition promoted by the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation. It aims to stimulate open innovation and collaboration between the different actors of the European ecosystem through public-private partnerships in support of entrepreneurs.

Start-ups from all member countries will have access to the benefits and opportunities offered by European institutions, businesses, public authorities and other entrepreneurship stakeholders to develop and raise awareness of their business.

The Italian Call was aimed at all startups belonging to one of the following sectors: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, e-Health, IoT, Smart Cities, Social Innovation, Tourism, Water, Agritech, Legal, Space, Cybersecurity, Climate, Fashion, Edtech and Gastronomy. The winning Startups, chosen from among the candidates, will have the opportunity to be contacted by SEUA to participate in the final to be held in Brussels in 2018.

The SEUA17 Italy final event was organized by Starboost Srl, Company Creator based in Turin, and took place on 12th December.

Startups were evaluated by a national jury of leading industry experts and criteria such as the degree of innovation, the sustainability of the business model and the consistency and composition of the team were considered.

Agricolus won the national final in Agritech category.

Forum PA Challenge 2017

Agricolus has been selected as one of the 100 projects for “Premio 10×10 = 100 progetti per cambiare la PA” at FORUM PA Challenge 2017

Forum PA 2017

FORUM PA is an event which takes place every year in May at Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome.

It is an opportunity for interaction and cooperation between City Governments, companies, R&D, and civil society.

Within 2017 edition, FORUM PA has organized a Challenge to find smart solutions to improve City Government’s organization, engaging citizens personally.

“Le sfide per una PA che funziona”.

[“Challenges for a City Government that Works”.]

Scilla Startup 2017 – SpinUp Award

Agricolus has been Grand Jury Award finalist at SPinUP Awards and has received a special recognition by Intesa Sanpaolo Group: direct admission to StartUp Initiative FoodTech 2017

Scilla Startup 2017

Scilla Startup, in its third edition, is an initiative organized by Young Enterpreneurs of South Industrial Association in partnership with associations promoting innovation.

It allows startup and SMEs to come in contact with investors and potential partners to accelerate their growth.

Categories are:

  • AgriFood
  • Tourism

Agricolus, one of the selected startups, has received training and feedback from coaches and professionals thanks to SpinupAward.

The most brilliant startup will be able to meet investors and potential industrial partners.

«We achieved great results obtaining direct admission to FoodTech StartUp Initiative 2017 – said Andrea Cruciani, CEO and Founder of Agricolus s.r.l. The goal is to promote our work and skills, and react to market changes.»

Future Food 2016, Call4Innovation

Agricolus is one of the 16 selected startups

Future Food 2016

The Italian business incubator Digital Magics is launching “Future Food”: Call for Innovation, in partnership with Intesa Sanpaolo Group. The call has been created for startups which develop original products and innovative business models in Food and Agri-food sector.

Layla Pavone, MD for Industry Innovation, said: “The call ‘Future Food’ represents a further step towards the strategic partnership between Italian enterprises and digital startups. The partnership with Intesa Sanpaolo was crucial in the design of this new Open Innovation format: we are not only working on scouting projects and innovative ideas, but we have also focused the initiative on confrontation, problem solving and mutual opportunities. We start from the needs of Italian companies in the food sector: production, ‘smartfarm and agrifood’, distribution channels, traceability of the production chain and quality.

It’s not a coincidence that we chose Emilia Romagna: a region that combines innovation, creativity and industrial tradition in the sector that more than any other has always represented the Italian excellence in the world.”

Startup Europe Awards 2016

Agricolus won both EBAN and IBN award, coveted award of Italian Angels for Growth.

Startup Europe Awards 2016

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Foundation Finnova in collaboration with StartUp Europe. It is one of the most important pillars of “Digital Single Market” strategy. It is in line with the best elements of Horizon 2020 programme: “A Startup Continent”, “Startup Europe”, “One Stop Shop”, “Welcome”, “Twist”, “Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley”, “Startup Europe Come 2 Universities”. 


“The Umbrian startup Agricolus, thanks to its innovative project to support decisions, won the prize raffled by EBAN, the pan-European organization representing the “early stage” investors in more than 150 organizations in 50 countries. The young company team, born around a project of “precision agriculture”, will participate representing Italian excellence at the ‘ “Entrepreneur Training Workshops and Global Investor Forum pitching competition” on June 7, 2017 in Malaga, Spain”. 

Agricolus also won IBN award, raffled by IAG – Italian Angels for Growth:

” […] Italian Angels for Growth, one of the largest network of Italian business angels, composed of 129 members from business,  financial, industrial, and professions world top positions, has selected Agricolus, the only one company participating in the national final, allowing it to submit the project to the investors of its network”.

Mobile World Congress 2016

Agricolus has been chosen as one of the 3 success cases in Europe on GMSA showcase

Mobile World Congress 2016

Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona

The only one Italian company invited to MWC2016 by GSMA, the worldwide association of mobile operators. Agricolus was presented in the Innovation City Pavillion, where the most promising ideas were gathered.